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date: 25 January 2020

Prosdocimus de Beldemandis [Prosdocimo de' Beldomandi ]locked

  • Jan Herlinger


[Prosdocimo de' Beldomandi ]

( d Padua, 1428). Italian music theorist, mathematician and physician . His treatises on music are particularly important in the areas of mensuration, counterpoint (including musica ficta) and tuning.

Prosdocimus studied at the universities of Padua and Bologna, took the doctorate in arts at Padua on 15 May 1409, and received the licence in medicine on 15 April 1411; he taught at Padua on a variety of subjects, including astrology, astronomy, mathematics and experimental philosophy, the arts and medicine, from 1422 (possibly 1420) until 1428, the year of his death. He wrote treatises on all four quadrivial arts; the manuscript I-Fl Ashburnham 206, in Prosdocimus's hand and dating from his student days, contains treatises (many of them standard works of the day) on the computus, arithmetic, music, astronomy, astrology, the quadrant and the astrolabe, and medicine, alongside the statutes of the Paduan college of arts and medicine and dozens of prescriptions against ills of various types....

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